If you’re inadvertently committing hazardous waste violations, it can mean big trouble for you and your business. Whether you know you’re violating the rules or not, you are equally liable to face up to the financial and legal penalties, so make sure to avoid the following six violations.
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RCRA regulations are a complex area within hazardous waste management, so it’s vitally important you’re working with a waste management company that has a thorough understanding of the intricacies of those laws. If you’re at all confused by current RCRA law, use the following as a general guide to brush up on the basics of what you need to know.
When people think of hazardous waste, they often imagine large containers bubbling over with oozing, neon sludge, but hazardous waste actually comes in many different forms and categories. One such lesser-known category is RCRA metals. There are eight of them, and if you suspect your Atlanta business, manufacturing plant, or property has this kind of contamination, you will need to get in contact with a reputable local hazardous waste management company to correctly identify and then subsequently deal with that issue.
If you generate waste at your manufacturing facility or other business, it’s imperative you know whether that waste is hazardous waste or not. Why is this so important? The type of waste you have (whether hazardous or non-hazardous) determines how you need to handle, transport, and dispose of it. Because the rules vary according to the waste type—and because the generator of the waste is always liable for that waste—the very first step in any hazardous waste management plan should be determining what you have.
Hazardous waste has many legal rules and regulations that govern how it can be handled, transported, and treated—and rightfully so. If those regulations weren’t in place, it could quickly lead to those hazardous materials being improperly disposed of. This would then lead to groundwater and soil contamination and people and animals in contact with that contamination potentially getting seriously ill. Regulations, therefore, are obviously put in place with safety in mind, and a large part of that safety component is the use of waste codes.